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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French author and critic Anatole France (1844-1924), "It is only the poor who are forbidden to beg." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1825, the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution, bade farewell to President John Quincy Adams at the White House . . . In 1892, the first major fight under the Marquis of Queensberry rules was won by heavyweight James J. Corbett, who knocked out John L. Sullivan. It happened in New Orleans . . .

In 1940, Nazi Germany began its blitz on London during World War II . . . In 1963, the National Football League Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, Ohio . . . In 1977, the Panama Canal treaties, calling for the United States to relinquish control of the waterway to Panama by the end of 1999, were signed in Washington . . . In 1977, convicted Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy was released from prison after serving more than four years . . . In 1998, St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire equaled Roger Maris' single-season home run record as he hit No. 61 in a game against the Chicago Cubs. . . .

UKRAINIAN FOOD and chicken barbecue await visitors to the Ukrainian Festival Sunday at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 3275 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

The festival will open at noon and will include rides for children, evening dancing as well as a program of professional dancing and Ukrainian, American and European music, according to the Rev. Stepan Kuklich, administrator. It's open to the public. Admission and parking are free...

FRENCH CONVERSATION classes for adults will be held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning Sept. 13 at Canisius College. The classes, sponsored by the Alliance Francaise of Buffalo, will be taught by native speakers, with between six and 10 students per class. For details, call Ghislaine Rouly at 883-3245. . . .

FREE APPRAISALS of coins, stamps and currency will be an ongoing activity at the Erie County Coin and Stamp Club's annual show, Expo '99, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25 and 26, in the Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall, 4569 Broadway, Depew. About 50 dealers from all over the eastern United States will be on hand to buy, sell and trade coins, stamps and currency as well as collectibles. The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 25 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26.

A donation of $1 will be collected at the door. Children younger than 12 will get in free. There is plenty of free parking. Refreshments will be available. . . .

FOR SENIORS -- The Buffalo Museum of Science is sponsoring two informative adventures for seniors as part of its commitment to enrich people of all ages with the enjoyment of nature and history. A senior nature study weekend will be held Saturday and Sunday in scenic Allegany State Park. The $60 tab includes lodging, the meals and all program activities. Housing includes modern bathroom facilities with showers.

More costly will be a six-day van excursion from Sunday, Sept. 19, to Friday, Sept. 26, into the Adirondacks. The $425 per person cost includes lodging, most meals, transportation, admission fees and all program activities. For details on the two adventures, call the museum at 896-5200 or visit the Website at www.sciencebuff.org . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Barb Roedel, Dan DiNunzio, Diane Czosek, Mark Seifried, Ronald Barczykowski, Andrew Nowicki, Donald Colpoys, Arlene McBrataney, James Kulczyk, Pat Christiansen, Merritt Sager, Charles Schneckenberger, Joann Hooftaller, Nancy Stumm, Tom Sengbusch, Ray Matwijka Jr., Bill Brown, Cara Allen, Joey Mahoney, Eileen Slattery, Beth Nelson and Edward A. Penkalski.

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